Review: Monte Test by Anthony Stan and Magic Smile Productions

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: John Teo”][vc_column_text]The 3 card monte is a classic effect in card magic.  There are many variations available.

The Monte Test by Anthony Stan is a 3 card monte effect with several phases and ends with all the 3 cards being examinable by the audience.

In effect, 3 red back cards are shown.  2 are King of Hearts and 1 is the King of Spade.  A spectator is asked to follow the odd card which is the King of Spade.

Phase 1: The 3 cards are mixed around face downwards.  Although at times it is obvious where the black King is, the spectator always fails to find it.

Phase 2: The performer then magically transforms the back of the black King to a blue back.  Now it is possible to locate the black King either from the face or the back of the 3 cards.

Phase 3: With the cards face downwards, the spectator obviously chooses the card with the blue back.  It turns out to be one of the red Kings.  The spectator has 2 more chances, but needless to say, fails on both of them.  The back of the black King turns back to red.  Now the 3 cards are back to be all red backs.

Phase 4: The performer says 3 cards are too confusing.  He pockets one of the red Kings.  There are only 2 cards left, one of which is the winning black King card.  It should be easy to find the black King, but the spectator fails each time.  Finally the 2 cards are revealed to be the 2 red Kings.  The odd black King is then taken out of the performer’s pocket.  The effect can end here and all the 3 cards are examinable.

Phase 5: If you wish, you can carry on with this final phase.  The black King is placed onto the spectator’s hand.  It changes into the red King.  All 3 cards can be freely examined.

You receive all the necessary gimmicked cards (in bicycle back) and a password to view a video from the internet.  If you wish to download the video, you have to send in a request.

You have to pay careful attention to the video.  In both the performance and the explanation, some scenes are overlapping and can be quite confusing.  The set of cards you are supplied may not necessary match those used in the video.  If your set contains opposite colour backs to that used in the video, you can have a hard time following the explanations.  

The effect is not difficult to do – you just need to keep track of the whereabouts ot the gimmicked cards.  Anthony gives you an alternative handling at the end of the video.  The effect can be performed in the hands, without the need of a table.  The video provides an alternative presentation where the effect is performed on top of a table.  In this case, you can use the monte throw card move.

The fact that at the end, all 3 cards can be handed out for examination is a strong point in a 3 card monte effect.  

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Ning Cai is a Singapore Literature Prize nominated author, who was also long listed for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize in 2016. A bestselling writer, she is also recognised for her illusionist/ escapologist stage character Magic Babe Ning, and recognised by Channel News Asia as South East Asia's first professional female magician.

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